Rolland Kenneth Bird

13 December 1908–22 May 1986 (Age 77)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Rolland Kenneth

When Rolland Kenneth Bird was born on 13 December 1908, in Iowa, United States, his father, Arthur Richard Bird, was 43 and his mother, Maud Elmeda Hamilton, was 30. He married Genevieve Somers on 24 December 1929, in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States. He lived in Mills, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Malvern, Mills, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 22 May 1986, in Martinez, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 77.

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Rolland Kenneth Bird
Genevieve Somers
Marriage: 24 December 1929

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24 December 1929
Glenwood, Mills, Iowa, United States

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World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1910 · Angel Island Serves Immigrants

Age 2

Angel Island served as a western entry point for hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants, mainly from China, from 1910 to 1940.

Age 21

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from Middle English bird, brid ‘nestling’, ‘young bird’ (Old English bridd), applied as a nickname or perhaps occasionally as a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher. The metathesized form is first found in the Northumbrian dialect of Middle English, but the surname is more common in central and southern England. It may possibly also be derived from Old English burde ‘maiden’, ‘girl’, applied as a derisory nickname.2 Irish: Anglicization of Gaelic Ó hÉanacháin or Ó hÉinigh, in which the first element (after Ó) has been taken as Gaelic éan ‘bird’ ( see Heneghan ).3 Jewish: translation of various Ashkenazic surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example Vogel .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Roland K Bird, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Rolland Bird, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rolland Kenneth Bird in household of Arthur Richard Bird, "United States Census, 1920"

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